14 rising stars in documentary filmmaking

We are thrilled to announce the 14 filmmakers who have been selected to attend the Global Short Docs Forum and have the chance to pitch their stories to commissioners from some of the industry’s most established digital platforms.

The unique and highly competitive Global Short Docs Forum is designed specifically for short documentary filmmakers and is supported by the British Council. Over an intensive 4-week programme, filmmakers from all over the world will attend a series of online masterclasses, workshops, mentoring and one-to-one pitch meetings.

“We are excited to support the Global Shorts Docs Forum for 2021. After the scramble of the last year as we were all forced to make projects work online, it’s good to see a project like this one making the digital format work so well. Partnering with the GSDF is an obvious fit for us: a creative UK organisation collaborating internationally in order to develop and make work to share with audiences across digital platforms. We are really looking forward to the results.”
Briony Hanson, Director Film at British Council

Over 140 applications were submitted from all over the world, with the final 14 selected filmmakers pitching underreported stories from South Africa, Nepal, Argentina, Syria, Turkey, the Philippines, Kenya, Egypt, Russia, Uganda, India, Indonesia and Armenia.

“I don’t think I’ve ever attended a forum where there was so much diversity, not just in the projects that were presented but also in the filmmakers themselves and their background, geographically, culturally, religiously, and also in their style of storytelling.”
Shin Yasuda, Senior Producer at NHK and a commissioner at last year’s Forum

Now in its fourth year, the Forum has worked with 40+ filmmakers on projects across 27 different countries. It has led to commissions from the likes of BBC, Al Jazeera, VICE and The Guardian, including Marina Shupac’s Last Chance For Justice for BBC World Service, Owen Kean’s Lawaris: Karachi’s Unknown Dead for VICE and Mohamed Shalaby’s, 51 Kilos for BBC Arabic.

“Through our programmes, One World Media seeks to champion diverse emerging talent who are bringing underreported stories to a global audience. Congratulations to these 14 filmmakers who represent some of the most exciting new storytellers in international filmmaking. We look forward to working with you to continue developing your projects!”
Gemma Bradshaw, Director of One World Media